Definition of totipotency in English:

totipotency

noun

Biology
  • See totipotent

    • ‘This phenomenon is due to the totipotency of plant cells when they are not highly differentiated.’
    • ‘He said that the demonstration of genetic totipotency of cells after prolonged culture is pivotal to combining site specific genetic manipulations and cloning.’
    • ‘Likewise, somatic cell totipotency is demonstrated by the ability of plant cells to develop into a complete and fertile plant by in vitro somatic embryogenesis and/or organogenesis.’
    • ‘Somatic embryogenesis is an example of totipotency and is used as a model system for studying embryogenesis.’
    • ‘This suggests that, unlike the differentiated cells of adult animals, some differentiated cells of the adult plant may retain totipotency.’